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Organic Parenting – The Prevention of Parent Deficit DisorderIn Organic Parenting, Koko Preston of Rockland, Maine, shares her years of experience as a mother, grandmother and parent coach/self-change guide. She tells how to bring harmony to family life. “To me,” Preston says, “living organically, raising organic produce, and so on, naturally includes raising children according to nature.”

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When little pigtailed Flora started running laps around the slide projector while her parents were speaking, no one at the 2009 Farmer to Farmer session seemed even slightly miffed. Not only was the 3-1/2-year-old an important part of their conference presentation, she is an important part of their farm. A dynamic duo, Stacy Brenner and John Bliss cultivate 20 acres of vegetables, flowers, herbs and livestock at Scarborough's Broadturn Farm. They have two daughters, Emma, 13, and Flora, and balancing the farm business with the family is a daily goal for the couple.

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Many of us who were inspired to move onto the land after reading Helen and Scott Nearing’s Living the Good Life eventually encountered a factor they hadn’t mentioned: children. When the little ones arrived, the good life got even better – but more complex than we’d anticipated.

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A list of books that pertain to gardens and children.

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Toki Oshima drawingA few summers ago the local weekly was promoting a garden contest to keep kids “off the streets and doing something worthwhile.” I wasn’t interested in encouraging my children to grow giant zucchinis, but I was interested in the free seeds. They came in large jumble packets from Gurney’s, with big letters that said: for kids only. While I love to garden, my children would prefer to do other things.

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